If you feel this article is misleading or against any community. Then you should propound why ancient Indians gave so much importance to cows and no other animals, not even the popular buffalo?
Because no other ruminant can help humans in agrarian activity as cows. It can also produce milk and fertilize soil. Definitely they are the survivors of human kind. Buffalo ox can pull cart loads of weight but they are not good at other agrarian work(cannot follow commands)and cannot tolerate sun’s heat.
Cows large portion of meal is hay and grass, which is available through out the year, so millions of cows can never eat away Indian economy. Grass and wild forage grows abundantly in India. (However grazing area is shrinking along with the cows very fast, all thanks to corporate companies in the name of development.) Billions of micro organism eat and digesting the hay and grass in cows rumen. Cows just break down it in smaller portions and absorb the nutrient once it is fermented. No other ruminant can produce such large amount of micro-organism and expel them through the gut.
So a Cow is any day important to any economy. It has to be worshiped.
Kerala’s Meat Consumption is a Whopping 5,000 tonnes every day
Kerala has exhausted all it Indigenous cattle and it is making Tamil Nadu, Andra-Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and even Maharashtra deplete their cows. Agriculture vanishes if cows are no longer available. Believe it or not it is a fact. Kerala is the best example. Without cows there can only be agribusiness, corporate farming etc, nothing is sustainable.
On papers Kerala would be spending a lot on Farming, but the fact is all the food grains, vegetables, meat and milk has to come from neighboring states.
Kerala’s meat consumption is a whopping 5,000 tonnes every day. More than 80 per cent of population, including some brahmins are meat eaters. Kerala is only able to produce 264 tonnes of meat in a day, This big shortage is mostly satisfied by Tamilnadu. Of the 5,000 tonnes 40 percent is beef. This stats is a per 2009-2010, it would have increased significantly.
This could have been triggered because of white revolution.
Most parts of Kerala has forest cover even today, so people would have consumed meat on a regular basis in ancient times. Gradually when feudal lords came in picture grains and pulses were stored with them. For a days hard work land lords would pay grains(mostly rice). People would have looked for alternate cheap source of protein. Malayalees feed on a wide variety of animals such as Mongoose, Malabar Civet, Porcupine, Monitor Lizards etc. In the 60’s and 70’s red meat would have been very cheap as compared to goat, chicken and fish. Because of planing commission creating Animal husbandry as a separate entity and then systematic elimination of native cows to pave way for swiss and HF cows. Same time most lower income group was moving to gulf and other countries. Which would have triggered the beef or more meat eating pattern in Kerala. Muslim invasion and British rule would have also made it more popular. This is what I feel.
If it was Gods own country then situation of Cows(for that matter any animals) here in Kerala would have not been so HORRIBLE…. There are hardly any Indigenous cows left in “beef’s own country”… It is very difficult to find indigenous cows even in rural villages of Kerala. You can only locate them in tribes located inside forest where vehicles cannot reach by road or if any individual is really passionate about Native cows. Most cows in Kerala are crossbreed or High yielding firangi cows(mostly Jersey or HF). All cross breed and firangi Cows suffer here horribly. Most of the times even antibiotics don’t help them.They are then send to slaughter houses. During night time from 7 pm to late in the night there are so many vehicles carrying cows, bulls, heifers to slaughter houses in towns and villages, Cops are easily bribed.
If you search beef fry in Google, it will suggest Kerala beef fry, such is the importance of beef in Kerala. It is a very popular dish in Kerala. Every small time hotel owners will have it.
If you question policy makers. They will say Indian cows are not slaughtered. Thing is currently India is the worlds third largest beef exporter. However Indian beef is not really cows beef. It is actually buffalo meat which is exported. Which is internationally sold at a cheap rate to developing or underdeveloped nations as beef. However local consumption and smuggling of cows to other countries are rampant for meat.
Indian Holy Cows Meat Trade is a Underground Business
Below image of Indian cows being send for slaughter
Indian Indigenous or Holy cows meat trade is a underground business, because there is carving for cows meat.
It is clear that all the cow belts in northern states have buffaloes now. Farmers have accept it because of clear increase in demand for buffalo milk and meat. There is no sentimental attachment to a buffalo.
Most cows are regularly send to Bangladesh through Bengal and other bordering districts for slaughter. It is estimated some 1.5 million cows are smuggled to Bangladesh each year. Kerala imports around 2 lacs of cattle every month from neighboring states for meat consumption.
10 to 20 thousand cows are also marched from Palakkad and other areas every day into Kerala, which is unaccounted.
There are no severe consequences of breaking Indian law be it any case. Same is with meat industry most of the trucks transporting cows are native indigenous cow breeds, most of them threatened species, buyers or sellers for the matter of fact even the law enforcement people are unaware of the fact.
You can check this video to see Indian Zebu cattle and water buffalo sent to slaughter houses in kerala. How the whole process works. Thanks for the efforts of Temple Worshippers Society.
Temple worshippers society has created this documentary to show how cruelly cattle mafia is transporting and handling HOLY COWS! Till the time there is demand for meat killing will not stop.
Congress has a tainted image since Nehru’s era. As per latest updates beef export is levied tax free whereas cotton and other agrarian export is taxed. It is all policy makers who are influenced by corporate to amend laws for their benefit.
Kapil Sibal’s wife and Social activist Promila Sibal owns a meat processing unit in Uttar Pradesh. Arihant exporters was the name of the arbitrator, which was later changed due to protest from Jain community. source
This is just the tip of a iceberg. How in the world can a social activist own a meat processing plant. it’s an inhuman activity.
Existence of Indigenous Indian Cattle
Post Independence tractors, chemical fertilizer, pesticides, hybrid seeds and modern farming techniques have all destroyed traditional scientific environmentally sustainable Hindu way of farming in India. Introduction of Hybrid cows have further damaged agriculture and the very existence of indigenous Indian cattle. This has made them more vulnerable to slaughter. In a matter of few years desi cows will vanish. Pure desi breeds are very hard to locate nowadays. Except Gir cows rest all the breeds are in really bad shape.
Fact is there are only a few lacs of Indian cows left. India is still proud of its 200 plus million cattle. However it is mostly replaced by cross breeds and Imported one’s.
It will be similar to the tiger story. Government agencies kept saying there are thousands of tigers in the wild. But the actual head count revealed only a few hundreds left in the wild.
I seriously hope Kerala tries to learn from it’s mistakes.
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I was born and brought up In Pune & then in bangalore for the last 34 years. I always liked farming/Gardening as thats one of my passion. Currently parents migrated back to kerala,Palakkad after retirement. but i really envy the way you left your city life and went towards your passion. I wish to settle down in kerala in future. I like Nadan life..Really great even though i am from the hardcore city
Thank you. Not easy to thrive, if raised in city. Still struggling. After all life is about struggle.
take care. enjoy. 🙂
Kerala people are third class they don’t have humanity they don’t know the value of mother.
i suppose that you are a malayalee too Manu.
It has been almost a year since I read this post and want to share some random shopping experiences since.
Once I was looking into a Kerala order to go restaurant. The top selling items were beef. I then looked into another place I chanced upon and their top selling item was beef as well.
Then I was in a Kerala grocery store and the customers in line kept specifically asking for beef. I then saw at two other Kerala grocery stores beef was sold as well.
I then was reading a wonderful cooking blog by a Kerala culinary artist and her favorite dish along with her entire extended family was primarily beef dishes.
I then was reading about Kerala special events catering and beef along with buffalo I think were favored items for celebrations.
I have also been told that families traditionally vegetarian have begun to consume beef at annual employee banquets hosted by their workplaces to fit in among their coworkers and their children due to social pressures have begun requesting to eat beef to fit in among their friends.
I then recalled this blog and how many things written about were so true.
I’m not sure what the solution is in this regard given how much beef has become a part of so many peoples menu offerings and celebrations. I just wanted to outline these consumer patterns and how they are linking into the concerns raised in this blog.
I wish we can celebrate in ways that is of no harm to anyone…whether people , animals or environment. I would encourage culinary and agricultural artists to especially help.
Im a Internee in New Indian express from Palakkad. I would like to gather more information regarding this topic. So i request you to provide me please.
Trying to ban beef in this time period is crazy. Beef is the main dish for me. Even my 12 month old baby eats beef. It’s full of vitamins/nutrients. Be realistic.
lol. How full is vitamins and nutrients?
vitamins and nutrients are richly present in many vegetables and fruits more than meat…….dont justify your doing for ur bloody tongue…..
There is no need of giving any bribe to cops for slaughtering cows in Kerala. Slaughtering is 100% legal here. And people irrespective of all religion and creed enjoy beef here. And I think that is also the reason why in Kerala cows are not seen on the roads dumping shit all over unlike other North Indian states.
My dear friend bribe is not for slaughtering cows but while transporting.
You don’t see cows roaming streets and rural areas of Kerala is because of high beef demand and coz of this factor Kerala has become a black hole sucking Indigenous rare breed cows of TN, Andra, Kar and Maha. You have no idea how important cow dung is!
I know its useless to talk about importance of cows to people like you.
It is a shame to take birth as human being when someone talks in favour of slaughtering another life. Who has given the right to man to kill another living being for his feasting? I proudly claim myself to be a vegetarian inspite of being a military person and having served in gulf countries for a long period. I fully understand the dignity of life of every living being and live my principle and can demonstrate it to anyone. I do not know how Keralites have become so cruel in their hearts and minds, justifying slaughtering a holy animal like cow. What right have these people got to talk about democracy when they do not respect the life of other living beings? Can these people raise their finger against any social evils created by human beings? A man who can respect the life of any other living beings alone has the moral right to talk about democracy and equality even among humanity. All other claims are just hipocracy. I am talking this with total faith on what I am speaking.
What is discussed in this blog is 100% true…i used to be beef consumer but i stopped it completely from last two years.Cow gives us milk moment after our mother stops feeding us in that way cow is also our mother…it is insane to think to slaugher cow when it has become old and invalid..kerala has become devils own country in county in course if time.
Many historians breaks the myth that Muslim rulers introduced beef eating in India. Much before the advent of Islam in India beef had been associated with Indian dietary practices. Also it is not at all tenable to hold that dietary habits are a mark of community identity.
A survey of ancient Indian scriptures, especially the Vedas, shows that amongst the nomadic, pastoral Aryans who settled here, animal sacrifice was a dominant feature till the emergence of settled agriculture. Cattle were the major property during this phase and they offered the same to propitiate the gods. Wealth was equated with the ownership of the cattle.
Many gods such as Indra and Agni are described as having special preferences for different types of flesh – Indra had weakness for bull’s meat and Agni for bull’s and cow’s. It is recorded that the Maruts and the Asvins were also offered cows. In the Vedas there is a mention of around 250 animals out of which at least 50 were supposed to be fit for sacrifice and consumption. In the Mahabharata there is a mention of a king named Rantideva who achieved great fame by distributing foodgrains and beef to Brahmins. Taittiriya Brahman categorically tells us: `Verily the cow is food’ (atho annam via gauh) and Yajnavalkya’s insistence on eating the tender (amsala) flesh of the cow is well known. Even later Brahminical texts provide the evidence for eating beef. Even Manusmriti don’t prohibits the eating of beef.
How many fanatic Hindus know this facts about beef? If a Hindu worships cow as God, why do he steald its milk which is meant for its calf.
Moreover nobody slaughters a milching cow. Because it is too expensive for a trader to buy and send it to abattoir. Only bulls, male calves and the cows which a barren and or past their prime end up in slaughtering house. A poor Hindu farmer who can not afford to feed them until they meet their natural death sell these cattles to the traders.
I suggest you and like minded people should buy them at market price and look after them.
Thank you for such wonderfully hidden truth. I am blown.
Problem is people don’t understand the importance. Ancients were not fools to give so much of importance to cows.
There are always negative thinkers and doers in every part of world and no matter what century.
Article is not to blame any one, but just to share what state we have reached now.
Who said so milch animals are not slaughtered. check the below link. Healthy milch cow saved from a butcher with number on here.
check this link. http://www.kongagoshala.com/ – since last 1.5 years they have just saved more than 750 milch cow from butchers.
Many people in different parts are trying hard to save cows.
Forget it! its difficult for your all to understand cows importance.
Thank you, Dear Blessed Soul. You have taken the holiest decision. I am looking for more number of people like you to come forward in this direction. I am a person who is loving and caring 14 desi cows in my home as a part of cow protection and natural farming.
GOD BLESS YOU.
yes I try to research and experiment on topics that I come across.
Sure will include more images.
You have a natural flair for writing and are quite knowledgable as well. If you could post a few pictures, your blog would really stand out. Keep up the good work.